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president chiu: thank you. [applause] thank you, supervisor kim, and thank you, dpw. with that, why don't we go to our next accommodation, provided by supervisor chu. supervisor chu: thank you. today, i have the honor of recognizing phillips -- phillip katulas, if i can ask you to come up along with your family. bill is what we would call a sunset legend. he is the beloved proprietor of
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a chicken coop, a restaurant in our local community. 10 months ago -- this is actually a belated certificate. 10 months ago, chicken coop closed its doors. we were distraught. we did not know where to find a bill. finally, through good fortune, my dental hygienist is his daughter. we talked about how businesses impact his community and having deals with family. i wanted to talk about how important chicken coop is for our district, and how much it is missed. when i first talked to deena about this, he did not want a big fuss made over him, but i am
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glad everybody convinced you to come out today, finally. he was going in greece. he moved to the united states 1957. he has been in the food business 30 years, something our families share. my parents were restaurant owners as well. this is very much a family business, just like we had. he began his career as a chef in a barbecue place in downtown san francisco. in a couple of years, he relocated to 16th street and valencia. then he relocated and opened the chicken coop. many of our patrons call the office to ask what happened. a quick look at yelp, and you
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will see what chicken coop meant to many people. it is a place to come to when you feel things in your world are too fast. the time stops. another favorite -- if you love tasty, miti -- meaty goodness, come here. the best ribs in town. barbecue sauce would only ruin the flavor. and the guy who works behind the counter is so nice. i wanted to share those with you. we are sad to see the chicken coop close after so many years. there will be a new restaurant, not too far off. since our office is a full- service office, if you are
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looking for him, be sure to give us a call. we will connector. he has his family here to celebrate. can you join me in giving a big hand? [applause] >> good afternoon, ladies and gentleman. on behalf of my father and my family, we would like to thank supervisor carmen chu for this wonderful honor. we would also like to thank our countless, loyal customers, who have enjoyed my father's delicious food through the many years. we could not have done it without you. growing up, the restaurant was a second home. our dad loved what he did, and because of this was very good at it. many customers made a point to
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follow our dad to the different locations he had his restaurant. we opened our family to everyone, and welcomed them into our second home. many would say, "your dad is such a hard worker." these were things we already knew. our father has a work ethic we have seen in no one else. he worked seven days a week, and did not like taking days off. christmas and new year's day were the only days the restaurant was a home -- was closed, and sometimes on easter. the whole family served and sold up to 40 turkeys to other families on thanksgiving. this was a passion. my dad enjoyed seeing his customers develop friendships with. he would tell sunny jokes and
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stories that made so many laugh. families would say that unless they saw the big guy in the front, and they would cut come eat. many customers would ask for recipes, especially for his famous rice pudding. when my father decided to close his most recent restaurant last june after 17 years of being there, it did not come without shocked and said faces. some customers even cried. after the restaurant had been closed a couple of months, we ran into customers everywhere we went. i remember being at costco with my dad when elderly customers spotted him. they were hugging him, asking him where he had been, and telling him how much they missed him. it showed how much everyone missed him, and how much he had
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missed them. we are happy to say he will have to be missed no more. he will be opening his new restaurant on a street in san mateo. customers will once again be able to eat the food they have enjoyed for many years. we cannot wait to see them all again. we knew our dad could not be away too long. many people have had the privilege of meeting our father, but none are as fortunate as heat -- as we are, his family. we have always been proud of our dad. his honor in receiving a special commendation is just a reminder of how a young man who came from a small business in greece cannot connect with so many people through a big heart. thank you for recognizing his small business today.
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president chiu: our final commendation of the day will be provided by supervisor mar. supervisor mar: thank you. i would like to ask if several people can come forward. we just heard from the department of public works staff, and i really acknowledge their hard work during public- works week. they were out there with us, cleaning up washington high school, on saturday, with a
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clean team in the richmond district. another farm in the efforts to clean and green our neighborhoods are the hard- working volunteers from our neighborhood organizations, to keep our neighborhood clean. there are amazing activists. i want to honor their work today. for many years, mina worked on keeping the area on geary boulevard clean, with loving attention and care. you can tell the great work, and how it has been expanded. she is an outstanding citizen. she removed branches from trees blocking school crossing signs. we always see her clipping,
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trimming, and watering the plants. she is a tireless hard worker that makes san francisco beautiful. she works without any expectation of reward, but takes pride and obtained great satisfaction simply being a good neighborhood. her work is noticeable and greatly appreciated. she is a shining example for the younger folks at the schools in the district. she's simply says that everybody has to do something. san francisco is our home, and we should look after us. what a difference that could make throughout the city if each of us did a little bit. i want to thank her for her dedicated service. she is an outstanding san franciscan, and an inspiration all over the city. she does what she can for our environment. i also wanted to think patricia, the director of the richmond
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district neighborhood center, and keith, a community director, who highlighted mina's achievements. will you say a few words? >> thank you for this well- earned recognition. i first met mina several years ago. i noticed there was something different about the northern side of geary boulevard between 22n and 23rd. it looked better, felt better, and felt like a nicer part of the neighborhood. there was a person who came out, "there is a woman who spends an hour or two every day, sometimes twice a day, and cleans the neighborhood. she trims the bushes and keeps everything clean puzzle it not only creates a visual difference. there is a different feel when
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you walk down that street. i am delighted she is getting that recognition. i hope she will set an example for other people. anyone can do this. it takes a little bit of time and of little bit of thought. the whole city will look and feel that much better. thank you for this recommendation -- thank you for this commendation, and congratulations. it is well earned. >> i want to add my kudos also. individual time spent picking something up make such a big difference. you can bet children will follow the same thing. we, as adults, set the example. you have done such a beautiful job.
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you make our neighborhoods clean, plus i feel so good. she does it without any recommendation, without any expectation. she does it knowing it is the right thing to do to help keep the neighborhood clean. thank you for taking time to acknowledge citizens such as mina. supervisor mar: i wanted to again thank gene and pat and beat richmond district neighborhood center. this gives an example of how neighbors take care of keeping the neighborhood level -- livable.
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i will be out there with many of the families that come out as well. >> i am so excited to be here. thank you so much for being -- for having me. it is a big honor for me. i do not deserve it. it is a responsibility to do that. a neighbor once said to me, " your weekly salary is your pride." she was right. i do not expect anything else. what you do for your neighborhood, it does not matter what it is. to me, it makes a bit of a difference. that is a jewel in the crown to me. i will continue to do the best i
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can. thank you so much. i have all kinds of stuff. thank you, all the supervisors. you are wonderful. i am honored to see the city hall. it is my first time. it is beautiful. and all of you beautiful people. thank you. [applause]
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president chiu: thank you, colleagues. that concludes our recognition of commendations. why don't we move back to our 3:00 special order? the dpw staff can report about the assessment costs for blighted properties. >> thank you, members of the board. revisions have been made to the previous list submitted to the board. those removed from the list have met the obligations to the department under chapter 80 of the blight ordinance. we will resubmit the risk -- the revised list to the clerk. president chiu: thank you. any questions to dpw on this item? in addition to the members of the public that already testified, is there anyone else
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who wants to speak on this item? seeing none, this item has been held and filed. we have a revised report of the assessment costs. unless there are any questions, why don't we vote to adopt the resolution with the amended report, which is underlined in the resolution? supervisor chu: aye. supervisor cohen: aye. >> supervisor elsbernd is absent. supervisor mar: aye. supervisor olague: aye. supervisor wiener: aye. supervisor avalos: aye. supervisor campos: aye. >> there are 10 ayes. president chiu: the resolution is adopted. if we can go to our 4:00 p.m. special order, items 23 through
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26. >> the 4:00 p.m. special order is constituted by items 23 through 26. i'd 23 is a public hearing of persons interested in the decision of the planning department, determination dated february 3, 2012, that a project located at 1100 lombard street is exempt from the environmental review under the california environmental quality act. item 24 affirms the decision. item 25 reverses the exemption. item 26 directs the clerk to professor findings. president chiu: i understand both parties have agreed to continue these items to july 17. do you want to make a motion? supervisor farrell: so moved. supervisor campos: second. president chiu: is their public
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comment? >> long and crooked road to lombard street. ♪ don't leave us waiting there make it better than before ♪ president chiu: thank you, walter. and the other members of the public wish to speak? >> mine name is admin. -- my name is edwin. this is the most crowded street in the world, but we can have world peace on that crooked street. are you irish or italian? lombard street has to have world peace in that crooked streets. that is why people come to san francisco anyway.
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president chiu: can we take the motion to continue without objection? with that, we have already vanished roll call. >> the next item is the opportunity for the public to comment generally, including items on the adoption without reference to committee calendar. public comment is not allowed on items which have already been subject to public comment by a board committee. speakers using translation assistance will be allowed twice the amount of time to testify. if a member of the public would like a document to be displayed on the overhead projector, please clearly states such, and remove the document when coverage should return to the meeting. president chiu: this is for discussion items that have marked -- that have not been considered today.
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>> [speaking arabic]
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ladies and gentlemen, i would like to tell you that i am very happy to be here with you today. at least i can show you the letter i sent in to the great people who control tndc, to allow them to open their own eyes. if they know how to read
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english, they have eyes to read the agenda for today. north 16, i talk about it. our manager of our building dictates he would like to do everything. i talk about that enough. from now on, i am going to take him to the court. that is the reason i would like to let you know. if i have evidence, i must prove it. we do not need him anymore in the city. his people who work above him must change him sooner or later. i asked barack obama and the governor of california to be involved in my complaint. thank you, and i appreciated what you did to me before, and i appreciate what you did for my people behind me.
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god bless all of you. thank you. take care for the people who are going to vote now. president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. stop the public rate of the public library. -- stop the rape of the public library. last week, i was at the hospital with a burst appendix. i do not miss this meeting easily. democracy is being destroyed. the branch library puts out quarterly reports. for more than a year, those reports show the france donation -- friends donation of $1.1 million did not change during the busiest part of openings. a quarter of that was public
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funds. finally, the library's suddenly realized how bad this looked, and came up with a figure that the friends had donated $5.10 million. we made a formal request and for the basis, and the answer was, "i do not readily have that information on hand." we still cannot justify that figure it three weeks later. what you have to understand is that this comes after being castigated by the civil grand jury for failure to document issues. we usually talk about the harm to our democratic institutions, which have been privatized. what about the harm to the
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citizens? your constituents are donating this money. you might say that only a fool would give money to the friends of the library, but even a fool does not deserve to be cheated. if they were raising money for sickle cell anemia, there would be in jail by now. the allies cost more than the money. -- the lines -- the lies cost more than the money. >> good afternoon. my name is paul career. i am here to talk about three different items. i would like to talk about the housing authority invitation to a huge meeting that all of the residents of the senior and disabled developments need to know about. i'm want to invite everybody to the west bay community center, the conference center on eddie
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and fell more street. on thursday, may 31, the seniors and disabled part of it will be going on from 10 in the morning until 12 noon. from 1:00 until 3:00, the family housing events will be there. it is important to us. i spoke to the supervisors before about the need for san francisco government tv in the san francisco housing authority commission meetings. i have since met with supervisor combos. i have talked a supervisor of the lows. and i met with my supervisor, mark farrell. it would be great to see this included with television for the sunshine taskforce. this seems to be critical. we have a quorum at this meeting. the sunshine task force has a problem with a quorum.
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maybe it is because they do not get paid. the audit at sunshine showed us that the task force saves the city may be hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits. it is really important, especially since we have a problem with organized crime at city hall. i would like to close with the idea that there is a particular case number -- president chiu: thank you very much. >> members of the board of supervisors, i am the director of san francisco open government. i have two items i am going to talk about. the first goes to why i introduced myself as a roman catholic. i take great offense at some of the comments i have heard. just